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Hi, i was going to throw out a twin size box spring a few days ago and decided to put some work into it and strip it down. From that wood i have made a "free" top bar hive. Just thought i'd tell this for anyone whose getting started, where theres a will theres a way. My real question is i want to paint the outside of my hive. I wanted to know what paint to use on it?
 

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i use latex exterior paint.
 

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Great that you recycled the wood.
Most folks use exterior latex, as Rat mentioned. You can also use a wood stain, or simple water-based polyurethane. Just be sure you let it dry and air out for a few days before putting any bees in it. And DON"T paint the inside where the bees will be- just paint the outside that is exposed to rain and weather.
 

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Or, instead of Oops paint, go down to your local household hazardous waste center, they always have a few gallons of leftover paint people have dropped off to be disposed of... free is even better than cheap, right?
 

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what color shuold it be, will they prefer a color over another?
 

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in your location it won't matter. Dark colors absorb more heat from sunlight. I have pretty fuschia, light blue, dark green, and tan hives right now.
 

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Bees cannot see Red. They see it as black. The only thing I think might be bad about using it would be the heat factor. Red, or any dark color, will be hotter.
 
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